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Celebrate the Arts in Tacoma this October With Tacoma Arts Month

Tacoma Arts Month officially begins tomorrow; it will be a month of arts-focused activities of all sorts - performances, exhibits, studio and gallery tours, workshops and classes, and more.

Tacoma's month-long celebration of the arts comes a month early this year, and it's got a new name. Tacoma Art @ Work Month has been held in November over the past few years, but based on feedback from arts organizations, the City moved the event to October, a little further from the hectic holiday season. As a bonus, we get one more day of arts events, which we'll need, with literally hundreds of events happening all month long all over Tacoma.

We've got the full calendar of Tacoma Arts Month events posted on our events calendar at exit133.com/arts. Here are some highlights, but we definitely recommend browsing the calendar for events that strike your personal fancy.

Proclamation of Tacoma Arts Month - Mayor Strickland will officially declare October to be Tacoma Arts Month at this evening's City Council meeting.

Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party & AMOCAT Arts Awards - The event launching Tacoma Arts Month is free and open to the public. Come and celebrate the arts in Tacoma, and especially the artists

Tacoma Studio Tour - On October 11 and 12 more than 60 artists and collaborative studios will open their work spaces to you. See where art is made, what tools are used to make it, and have the opportunity to ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind works of art.

There will also be a slew of other events, including classes in figure drawing, ballroom dance, and cookingcomedy and music open mic nights; print making opportunities; author eventsartist receptions; and much, much, much more.

Also, don't miss Metal Urge - two full months of events celebrating the metal arts, including exhibits at the Tacoma Art Museum and Washington State History Museum, and a community festival in Tollefson Plaza.

If you're on Twitter the Tacoma Arts Commission invites you to tweet about your Tacoma Arts Month experiences using #TacomaArts

It's going to be a very full month - what arts experiences are you excited for?

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